Friday, February 20, 2009

Wargaming cycles

A recent post by Jeff made me reflect about the cyclicality that is a major feature in my wargaming interests. By now, you must have realized that my interest in wargaming projects comes in bouts. I usually have five or six major periods that I juggle. In average, for a couple of months I get very excited about a project, then my enthusiasm seems to peter out. Do not get me wrong - I am still very much interested in what I am doing: only, it seems that I suffer from a short attention span, and keeping projects in a rotation help me to enjoy the hobby at its best -- and to relax along the way, which should be primary goal of any hobby. For the past couple of months I was fired up about my War of Spanish Succession armies, but I now feel the need to move my focus to something else, at least for a little while. Don't worry: WSS will be back -- apparently, my rotation seems to bring projects back at least once every six months, so I expect to be back at work on my marlburian miniatures by the summer. In the meanwhile, I have been looking around my boxes to see where the next flame may be: more WWI naval? More Napoleonic? Some progress in Lopongo? WWI Gallipoli? Right now, I am inclined to pick up again my colonial armies. I did excellent progresses a few months ago, so I should be able to field a few armies and have some fun on the battlefield within a relative short time frame. Italian, Abyssinians, and Zulus are all in advanced stage of preparations, and so are British, Pathans, and Boers. It seems a reasonable direction to concentrate my efforts over the next couple of months.


Bluebear Jeff said...

I'm glad that my post started your juices going.

One of the things that I've discovered about myself in terms of wargaming is that I like to "mix it up" with a period that is very different from the one I have been concentrating on.

For example, the Colonial period is one of my favorites. It is a great change-of-pace from the Eighteenth Century because the style and fluidity of the table top action is so very different -- being more akin to skirmishing than the linear warfare of the other period.

So when looking for what to do during your Marlburian break, I suggest that you look for a period where the "flavor" of the table top action is very different.

-- Jeff

Bob Cordery said...

Like you, I find that spending too much time on a single project can be counter-productive; by ringing the changes every so often I keep my interest in what I am working on at a particular time at a higher level.

johnpreece said...

I tend to move from one project to another regularly. I think that si fine as one goes back when ready.

The only problem I have noticed is that one never identifies a project as finished. Sometimes it is helpful to be able to draw a line and congratulate oneself on a job well done.

One year I tried always changing what I was doing on the first of the month. That actually worked very well for me. The main thing is just to keep the painted figures coming!